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How do you know if you have flying squirrels in your attic?

If you can hear noises in your attic at night, there's a good chance there's an animal in there, and not a ghost or something equally paranormal. For the most part, it will be animals such as bats,, raccoons, mice, rats, that kind of thing. It won't generally be squirrels, because squirrels aren't active at night. They're active during the day. That is, of course, apart from the flying squirrel (and some ground squirrels) who are nocturnal. They are active at night. Squirrels will often make quite a lot of noise when they dwell in your attic, flapping, rustling, and scuffling around, and if there are youngsters present, you may even hear them chirping or calling for their mother to bring food. You may also smell them - a large colony can provide quite the stench, especially when the latrine areas start to build up, and the summer heat starts to kick in … or the warmth of your winter heating. Chewing is another common sign that you will have flying squirrels in your attic also. This could be electrical wiring damage, or even damage and gnawing to the exterior of your home, something you will easily and quickly spot with regular maintenance and inspections. It won't be as easy to diagnose the exact root of the problem without a closer look - it could be flying squirrels, or it could be bats. If you're unsure, call in the professionals. They'll know exactly what to do!



Flying squirrels invade your property at night since that is when their eyes are known to operate properly. It is easy to tell when they have invaded your loft because they do not come as one instead they do come as a family and produce a lot of noises. Even if they are not exactly dwelling in that area one can tell when they have invaded your attic.

First they do mark territories especially if more than one family is involved. They mainly urinate in one corner but if they are many the urine is used to mark a bigger territory. If you were to observe keenly it would be easy to notice when such kind of a thing happens because all the dropping will be everywhere. Either way you can notice since even with one family you will see droppings from one area.

They do not like light that is the reason they avoid places with light therefore look for the dark sides in your attic. People wonder if they flew into their houses but that is not the case. In as much as they are called flying squirrels they do not exactly fly they just glide through the air. Therefore as long as there is a small space where they can jump into and actually fit they will do it.

There has to be a tree nearby for them to jump into before sliding into your house. If you live in an area where they are dominant and you have trees around that automatically means that you are attracting these animals. These should act as some signs that you should be watching out for. They are tree lovers because that is the only way they can access the attic.

They come in large numbers therefore knowing that you attic is invested by these creatures is easy. The odor will automatically tell you that there are unwanted animals in the area sine their urine stains the ceilings. You can also spot some things like chewed pieces of woods which they could have some as they were trying to find a way into the inside.

These animals are natural destroyers therefore they can cause damage to your lawns and leave dug holes all over. Your home becomes a mess. It is hard for them to transmit diseases unto humans not unless they bite you therefore if your animals start getting sick it could be because they have infected them with disease or transmitted diseases to them.

It is important to understand how they work first when you are trying to figure out what kind of animals or rather species that you are dealing with. You will know the things to be looking out for when you know how they work since it helps you think of what their next move could be. The easiest way is checking if they are living as a group or individual. Flying squirrels believe in togetherness.

In case you have not seen them it will be difficult to know the species of squirrels you are dealing with however some of the tips given above can help you identify them properly. However they all have destructive behavior and can transmit diseases to your pets. Therefore let a professional squirrel hunt give help you figure it out.

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Read more information about flying squirrels:
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How to get rid of flying squirrel
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How to get flying squirrels out of the attic
Please be kind to squirrels! They are intelligent animals, and believe it or not, they definitely have emotions!
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